The WU Foundation Awards 174 Scholarships Globally

Giving By Emily Larson September 19, 2017

WU Scholars Class of 2017 Represents 65 Countries, 153 Colleges and Universities

Today, the Western Union Foundation awarded 174 scholarships to post-secondary students resident in 64 countries as a part  of the WU Scholars Program*. The global program is focused on supporting students around the world who are pursuing a post-secondary education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business and entrepreneurship.

The WU Scholars Class of 2017 represents 65 countries, 153 colleges and universities, and 65 percent recipients are female. Each student will receive USD $2,500 (or local currency equivalent) to contribute toward tuition or school fees at the accredited post-secondary institution where they are enrolled.

“The WU Scholars Program really brings to life the Foundation’s belief in the power of education,” said Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director of the Western Union Foundation. “Each scholarship recipient has demonstrated a relentless pursuit for education and a passion to build a better world. We are grateful to those WU agents who have helped sponsor the program and are giving these students the chance to do great things.”

Earlier this year, in honor of International Women’s Day, the Western Union Foundation first launched the WU Scholars Program, pledging to award a minimum of 100 scholarships, along with matching Agent contributions. The Western Union Foundation matched 23 Western Union agent contributions dollar-for-dollar to sponsor additional students, bringing the total to 174 scholarship recipients.  WU Scholar Program Agent contributors include: GraceKennedy Financial Services, Grupo Vimenca, Community Financial Service Centers (CFSC), Petnet Inc., Bangkok Bank Ltd., Sogexpress, Capital Transfert, Universal Storefront Services Corporation, and Pay-O-Matic Check Cashing & Financial Services.

The WU Scholars Class of 2017 was selected based on their accomplishments and goals related to the program’s three pillars: perseverance, aspiration, and community.  Applications for the 2018 WU Scholars Program will open in March. Watch the WU Scholars video and learn how to apply at

*The program is administered and operated by the Institute of International Education, Inc. (IIE), a US private not-for-profit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas.

Infographic – WU Scholars Class of 2017